Wednesday, February 24, 2010
DEVIL GOT MY WOMAN
Seymour (Steve Buscemi) is a much older, geeky record collector, and Enid (Thora Birch) is a snarky anti-social high school student in the film of Dan Clowes' comic "Ghost World" (2001). They meet when Enid and her girlfriend play a trick on Seymour, but somehow the two actually become friends. Seymour turns her on to some good old-fashioned blues, and Enid is amazed by the records, especially "Devil Got My Woman" by Skip James.
In an extremely rare performance, Skip James sings "Devil Got My Woman" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966. The song is a strange and haunting blues lament and blows across you like the wind at the crossroads, just past midnight, sweet as corn liquor but with a powerful hint of sulfur. Like Seymour says, "There are no other records like that."